Zac Padgett



Zac co-leads the firm's Energy Tech Team and helps technology companies navigate investments, acquisitions and exits.

Zac advises clients on:

  • growth equity transactions
  • buyout acquisitions and mergers
  • venture capital investments
  • exit transactions
  • take-private deals
  • management buyouts
  • joint ventures
  • private placements
  • debt-like preferred equity investments
  • governance matters

As co-lead of the firm’s Energy Tech Team, Zac focuses on supporting companies and investors developing technologies for nascent industries like energy storage, alternative fuels, carbon capture, hydrogen, agtech and digital infrastructure. Zac is a key member of Orrick's energy transition practice, which was recognized as Band 1 in Energy Transition by Chambers USA (2023).

Zac is passionate about developing innovative technology solutions and AI tools to enhance legal services. He helps lead the firm’s MAPE 2.0 project team, a platform that transforms M&A execution, which won the Financial Times' Reinventing the Legal Practice category.

  • Zac enjoys riding bicycles and commuting to the office by bike.

  • Energy Tech and Mobility

    • Toyota in its investments in FirstElement Fuel and Joby Aviation
    • Last Mile in its acquisition of Gotcha Mobility
    • Photon Marine in its seed investment round
    • Blue Forest in its investment in Heartwood Biomass
    • OpenCar in its sale to INRIX
    • Routeware in its acquisitions of ReCollect, Core Computing Solutions and RouteOptix
    • Vigor Industrial in its acquisition of Oregon Iron Works and Kvichak Marine Industries

    Tech, Telecom and AI

    • Casetext in its sale to Thomson Reuters
    • Vicarious in its sale to Intrinsic
    • Reserve in its sale to Resy
    • XCOM in its acquisition of M87
    • Inspire Semiconductor in its IPO
    • Splunk in its acquisition of SignalSense
    • Janrain in its sale to Akamai
    • Ooma in its acquisition of OnSIP

    Private Equity

    • Warburg Pincus in its investments in Qualifacts and Duetto
    • Endeavour Capital in its investment in FMI Aerostructures
    • Banneker in its investments in Routeware and LINQ
    • Solis Capital Partners in its investment in User Research International
    • Aptean in its acquisition of Connect

    Venture and Growth Equity Investments

    • Applied Materials in its Series B investment in Spin Memory
    • Heidi Ho Organics in its Series A financing
    • Hemex in its Series A financing
    • PCF Insurance in its investments from Carlyle, HGGC and Blue Owl

    Health Technology and Life Sciences

    • SOC Telemed, a Warburg Pincus portco, in its SPAC transaction, acquisition of Access Physicians, and take-private with Patient Square
    • Qualifacts in its acquisition of Credible
    • APDM Wearable Technologies in its sale to ERT

    Consumer, Gig Economy and Retail

    • Eversight in its sale to Instacart
    • Trax in its acquisitions of Survey and Shopkick
    • Gap in the sale of Janie & Jack and Intermix
    • NECA in its combination with Enesco
    • iCracked in its sale to Allstate
    • Teespring in its acquisition by Amaze